Mental Health News

Periods of Transition in Life

When trees drop their leaves allowing for expansive views, they reliably transition again into leafy green sources of shade in the sunnier months. Transitioning from one season, or phase of life, to another not only defines our natural world, but also describes the cycle of human development. Our kids move from childhood into adolescence and then into adulthood, navigating throughout all the inevitable and ever-so-reliable changes along the way.


Many of our transitions from one stage to another are recognized with public celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings and funerals. In this time of COVID-19, it can be challenging to find new ways of honoring these milestones. This being said, our mental health team encourages everyone to be creative and work together with family and friends to provide satisfying ways to recognize your student/s' accomplishments. Honor them! Celebrate them!

Be out-of-the-box thinkers, so to speak, and know that these “rituals” matter!


On a personal note:


Almost 4 years ago, shortly after my son left home and transitioned into his Freshman year at Oregon State University, I found myself sorting through “stuff” in the garage, and came across his little raincoat of years gone by. Filled with emotion, I sat down and reminisced. This poem is the result:

Coat

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Coat

Just last year, it seems, you wore this raincoat out into the evening,

chasing a chorus of bullfrogs in the woods.


You wore this coat while playing with the dogs round and round the yard, laughing from your muddy boots to the peak of this hooded coat.


You wore this tiny coat when you and your sister collected branches, moss, rocks and other treasures for your woodland forts.


And clothed in this garment, you cheered for the colors forming faintly at first, then curving vividly over the horizon.


This coat no longer fits your maturing stature just as the seams of this house and the familiarity of this town no longer fit your growing curiosity, and enthusiasm for what awaits you.


On a final note, please take good care of yourselves and each other during this challenging time, and have fun creating rituals to celebrate our student/s’ accomplishments!


Be safe and be well.


Anne and Mental Health Team

Resources for HELP!

Resources

If you or anyone you love is struggling, please contact a mental health professional right away; crisis counselors are available to you 24/7


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233


  • Consejo Counseling Service Phone: (253) 285-475021120 Meridian Avenue E.Graham, WA 98338


  • Call Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK


  • Call Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-7764


  • Text 741741


  • LGBTQ Trevor Project Support Center: 1-866-488-7386


Summer 2020

Our district’s mental health team takes their summer break just as students and staff. Most all members of the team log off from their devices shortly after summer vacation begins and log on again the week before school starts in the fall. This is an important time for everyone to revitalize and spend cherished time with friends and family.This said, we know that mental health needs don’t magically disappear during the summer months and so we are providing this list of resources, and encourage you to use these services as needed.Be well and stay safe!
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Eatonville School District Mental Health

EHS - Maryann Baker - M.Baker@eatonville.wednet.edu
EHS - Rebecca Stoker - r.stoker@eatonville.wednet.edu
EHS - Anne Malver - A.Malver@eatonville.wednet.edu
EMS - Anisa Parks - a.parks@eatonville.wednet.edu
EES - Jana McIlraith - j.mcilraith@eatonville.wednet.edu
WES - Rebecca Stoker - r.stoker@eatonville.wednet.edu
CCA - Jessica Sotl - j.sotl@eatonville.wednet.edu